Monthly Archives: August 2006

doorways to new worlds

Only just launched so no pictures or demos yet, but here’s the scoop on a new game, developed by Nesta, that aims to encourage girls to step into the world of entrepreneurship and science.

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Girly Games

I’ve been talking to Ron a lot recently about girls, gender and gaming. In particular because he’s exploring ways to use multiplayer games to encourage team work. Trouble is, in my mind, none of the MMORPGs currently out there are … Continue reading

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distractions

So it looks like I won’t be going to Ars Electronica after all. Just a bit too expensive right now…but on the bright side it gives me more time to complete my game and pilot it. S2Blue are fantastic. I … Continue reading

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The Shroud

As far as I’m aware there are only two commercial location-based mobile games that have gained a mass following: Mogi Mogi, a collaborative treasure hunt game only playable in Japan (mainly because no other country has the handsets yet to … Continue reading

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All paths lead to Ars Electronica

Last week I mentioned a fascinating interactive exhibit at Futuresonic, to which I couldn’t find any web references…well here it is: It’s called Drawn by zachary lieberman (2006) http://thesystemis.com/drawnInstallation/ …I found it whilst drooling over the Ars Electronica festival which … Continue reading

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Social networked location-based games.

Online social networking tools have become a big thing but in my mind they’re too passive to be exciting. Ron’s making the coolest location-based game which is going to turn networking into the fun and dynamic experience it ought to … Continue reading

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Looking to alternative disciplines

One of the biggest challenges for me, designing a location-based game, was how to balance rhythmn, pace, location, and player energy. Whilst Ethnography, urban planning, space and meaning are frequently cited by location-based game designers, I think there may also … Continue reading

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Acceptance

Primary and secondary schools are by no means the last to introduce new ways of thinking or adopt new technologies, but when GIS is introduced to schoolchildren we can be sure we’re well past the early adopters…. Researchers call for … Continue reading

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Palestinian conflict

I can’t get my head around the Palestine conflict. That two games have been developed to help understanding suggests I’m not the only one! I’m looking forward to trying these: Global Conflict: Palestine Peacemaker

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Futuresonic on the day

Because Ron and I were only able to make the final day I’m sure we missed some of the more direct experiences, including a gps tour of Manchester, and due to to the nature of the experiences, a lot of … Continue reading

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